Richmond, VA - anne'sVisual Art Studio proudly announces the Opening Reception First Friday January 9th from 7-10PM of Seers and Mystics by Orgia Labidi, Photography by Lew Lott and the final installment of the 15th Annual Art2go, Artistic Gifts Mixed Media Group Exhibition.
Orgia Labidi will give an Artist Talk opening night at 6:30PM about her Artist in Residence experience in South Korea. Orgia Labidi was just awarded an art residency in South Korea. Only a handful of artists from around the globe have received this award. She will be back from her trip with newly created pieces from this residency and will be giving an Artist's Talk on her work and her experiences in South Korea at 6:30PM followed by her Opening Reception First Friday January 9, 2015 from 7-10PM. Seers and Mystics will be on display through May 1, 2015. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150170054207485.309333.102999992484&type=1
The Fifthteenth Annual Holiday Exhibition Art2go is a fundraiser for the gallery, an outreach to artists that charges no fees for entry with a guarantee of a piece in the show and a mission to educate and encourage the public to support our local art and artists while discovering original works they won't find at the mall during this season of giving.
This last new offering of invitational and open call art work and artisanware perfect for giving includes 200+ small canvases, prints, photographs, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, books, ceramics and nuno-felted scarves by more than 3 dozen mostly local artists.
Art2go features new artists like Donnie Green (jpeg attached) Kamari Allen, Lew Lott (group jpeg) and Lana Olivia Gentry with gallery favorites like Terrie Powers and Richard Heinzer (jpeg attached), Chris Semtner (SOLD), Susan Lamson (attached), Dan Rhett, Dana Frostick, Joel and Teresa Howard,Katherine Benner, Michael Gettings, Emily Saez, Dodie Ortland, Greg Lewis, Ahn-Van Truong, Susan Hribernik, Keith M. Ramsey, Jamie Phillips (SOLD, new piece), Anne Hart Chay, Sarah Alicia Chay, Cathy Short, Doug Sutherland, John Crutchfield, Stephen Joseph and Tony Custalow to name a few. Doors open at Noon so come early as many of the favorite pieces are bought prior to the reception starting at 7PM. Those Art2go pieces will be replaced with more new fabulous work as Art2go continues to change throughout the exhibition.
WE ARE ON HOLIDAY THROUGH JANUARY 6, 2015. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
Last Day to shop Art2go before Christmas and Richmond Scenes by Elaine Bankston, Lavish Beauty, paintings by Anh-Van Truong andJamaica Bound, new hand-sewn mixed media textiles and sculptures by Norfolk's Orgia Labidi is December 19, 2014.
Art2go is on display through Friday January 30, 2015. Give a Gift like No Other because it is original and one-of-a-kind.
SAVE THE DATE
Art of Conflict by Nickolai Opening Reception First Friday February 6, 2015 from 7-10PM. Looking at the work of recent VCU BFA graduate Nickolai (just Nickolai) you might think the black is painted but on closer inspection you realized just how skilled the artist is with an exacto blade and black masking tape! If you thought you could do things with tape then you should see what Nickolai can do with the postivie and negative space of warriors, horses and humans. (jpeg attached)
FRANK HART MEMORIAL GALLERY (a.k.a. First Fridays Gallery)
ARTISTS STATEMENTS AND BIOGRAPHIES
Anh-Van Truong is a native of South-East Asia whose love of art became therapy for her following her escape from the communist regime in 1975 and eventual?move to the U.S.A. For more information please below or visit www.anhvantruong.com
Living through war can change a person's life dramatically.
Many people can go through a downward mental spiral while others try to get by day by day.
A native of South-East Asia, Anh-Van Truong was born in Vietnam in 1952. She obtained her License-s-Lettres (B.A.) in French literature at the University of Hue (VN) in 1974, and taught French literature in high school (VN), while preparing for her 3 year scholarship for graduate studies at the Sorbonne - Paris. She also took painting class at the Hue Academy of Fine Arts in 1971. Unfortunately, when South Vietnam fell under the communist regime in 1975, her dreams were cut short: all her family properties were confiscated by the new government, her family members were scattered around the globe after that, and her scholarship for graduate studies at the Sorbonne was also gone with the wind.
As she took it day by day, step by step, she finally managed to escape the communist regime with her 3 younger brothers, by boat, and landed in the Philippines in 1981. During her stay in the Philippines refugee camp, she has put her language skills (French, English and Vietnamese) to a good cause: helping her country people to obtain better health care and support while waiting to be resettled in another country. She has since devoted her time and energy in working closely with the UNHCR personnel (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), the Philippines Government officials, the US Embassy and all other foreign delegations to help gather and translate all personal information, documents and applications related to the resettlement applications of some 4000 refugees in this camp. In 1982 she was resettled in Canada, but moved to the USA the following year.
Again, step by step, day by day, she began building her life again, living, working, and traveling extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. However, after a serious illness, she reset her priorities to a job with less travel and settled down in Great Falls with her husband and three children. While she felt like her life was in order again, she still could not shed the feeling that something was missing.
Then she pulled out an old canvas and paint set and began translating her thoughts through brushstrokes. Painting became her new therapy for moving from the past into the future...
She then studied with Joe Kabriel (Basic Drawing-Art League Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria-Virginia, 2007); Jennifer Schoechle (Oil & Pastel, 2008), and Adrienne Kralick (portraits, Great Falls Center For the Art).
Anh says about her passion... "It seems that I always tried to search for an invisible paradise where I could grab and hold tightly in my hand with the nostalgia of a long time dead past: my lost home where I grew up with my parents and family for 22 years...Then when I finally set my first brush stroke and splash of color on the canvas, I realized that I finally found my way home again." RESUME Vienna Art Center, VA Jennifer Schoechle's Students Exhibition April 2009. Great Falls Foundation for the Art, VA Adrienne Kralick&rsquo's Students Exhibition June 2009
Jamaica Bound - Orgia (Gia) Labidi
"My work is more about the creative process and less about the finished pieces - the finale. I enjoy the creative process and I create art across several visual mediums utilizing wood and clay as the primary mediums, found objects, fabric and paint as tools. In working with wood and clay I usually have no plan. I've done no sketching. I have no idea how the piece will end. Each piece starts with a strong desire to do it, to make something happen, to say something or nothing at all. I manipulate the pieces pounding, pulling and pushing until I feel something - anything. I look to the materials, the hardwood and moist clay, to tell me what they want to be, how they want to come together. I love to see wood and clay take shape. It's as if the pieces of hardwood and moist clay are waiting for me to reveal what is hidden within--unique curves, smooth ends and secret places. There is something about the affect of sandpaper on wood and smooth stones on semi-moist clay that move me to state of primal clarity. Through the manipulation of these materials, I create art that celebrates life with a focus on the divine feminine in nature." http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150170054207485.309333.102999992484&type=1
ELAINE BANKSTON was born and raised on a farm in Missouri and is probably best know for her portraits in charcoal, pastel and oil but has developed many styles of work since her art career began more than 3 1/2 decades ago. Her most recent portrait of Oliver Hill hangs in the Oliver Hill Courts Building in Downtown Richmond. She has painted over 2,000 portraits and has won numerous awards and ribbons in various exhibitions. More info:www.elainebankston.com